Friday, December 30, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Weeks 50, 51, 52

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge
Weeks 50, 51, & 52

The prompt for week 50 is my favorite one yet!! Lessons learned.
Holy cow...where do I even start?
This year was so huge for me. In so many ways, this was a "bad" year. A lot of icky thins happened. And yet, I did something new for me. In 2016, I turned to Christ and my Heavenly Father instead of hiding from them. I leaned into them, trusted in their understanding instead of my own, and put faith in their plan for me. I prayed,..BEGGED...for help at times. For peace. I don't need my problems to go away, but I do desire peace. I also desire such strength and magnitude of self that no one, and nothing, will diminish my sense of value. I believe this year I have achieved that! Finally. But not on my own. So don't give me the credit...but oh, how free do I feel!

So free. And so valued. I see myself now through the eyes of God. I'm not ashamed of it, I am proud. I respect myself. I love myself and I love others with the pure love of Christ better.

The prompt for week 51 is 100 things to be grateful for. I'm still making my list!! But it's coming, and I promise to post it. 

The prompt for week 52 is did this Challenge change you?
Yesssss!
So much.
It made me focus.
It made me realize that while there can be crappy stuff, I literally have the choice to choose how I will react and how I feel. This is a skill, I wasn't born with it. I've spent ALL of 2016 learning--and praying for--it. I feel like it's been given me now, and the more I practice it the better I get at it. I love having a grateful heart. I like trying to pick out the positives in my day. Instead of the negatives. In fact, I just act like the negatives don't even exist, that way my life is as dreamy as I want it to be :)

And that concludes the ENTIRE 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge!!
I can't believe it's over...I'm a little sad. But in a happy way :)
Bring on 2017!!!
Thanks for following along:
Xo
Brittany Shannon

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Book Review: Bible Origami by Todd Huisken

What a fun idea!

Have you ever heard of origami? The Art of folding paper? Of course, you have. Well, this book, Bible Origami combines the fun of paper folding with stories from the Bible. 

Jonah and the Whale, Daniel and the Lion's Den, and Noah's Ark are just to name a few. There are also tutorials for basic words like wheat and dove.



What is unique about the book Bible Orogami is that many ages can enjoy it. For younger children who need help, adults can assist in the paper folding while telling the story so that it is an entertaining learning experience. Teenagers and adults will have no trouble at all following the easy to read instructions.

I think this book is a good idea for Monday night family home evenings, too.
Bible Origami would make a great gift to any family looking for new ways to incorporate bible study into their lives, with an activity you don't see or hear about every day.

There is a design for "manger" which I did on Christmas for my kids. I really enjoy this book. Thanks, Todd, for Bible Origami!

Monday, December 26, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Weeks 48 and 49

Where has time gone!? I'm not sure. But I've been so caught up in the Year that these weeks have slipped away.
52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge week 48&49 prompts are:
Your job
And
Things you like about winter.

My job, where do I begin?
First, I'm a mother. My job is the best. People say that. It's so ironic and cheesy and predictable. But I don't know how else to say it. I love being a mother. And I LOVE my toddlers!!!! Haha...most people would say they love "babies" and they get "baby hungry" and "babies are so sweet". I have to say I would give birth to a toddler if I could. Seventeen of them!! This is probably a combination of the fact that I had a unique situation with my babies. They were very difficult. Both my babies had severe colic and reflux. The uncontrollable and inconsolable crying of my helpless infants did something wild to my psyche. I would prefer not to do it again. Also, the parenthood skill set God equipped me with finds toddlerhood just dreamy. It is perfection. I can't even deal.

I am also a cosmetologist and a writer. It's an exquisite myriad of introverted and extroverted talents that make my creative heart soar. I'm getting my sequel ready to release. Book one, OG, has been a hit. I'm so glad people like it. I love doing hair. It makes me happy. I think I'm good at it, but I'm putting more time into my writing right now. It makes me happiest!!! (Next to MOTHERHOOD of course)

Things I like about winter?
(Chirp)

Lol, jk. I am such a sun bunny. I live for summer. But with my kids, it is fun to watch them get excited about snow. I also had the most magical Christmas I could dream of. Both mine and my husband's birthdays are in the winter. That makes it fun. And all of the holidays. Being with family, hot chocolate!!!!! With my marshmallows. My favorite food group.

And that concludes Weeks 48&49 or the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge!
Just so happy to be alive and be blessed the way I am. 
Xo
By
Brittany Shannon

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Your Zen Mama

Hi friends!
I am delighted to share with you my article, titled "How to be Sexy as a New Mum" featured today on YourZenMama.com.

I LOVE this site and the community the founders have started. It is all things "parenting" and "mama".

Check out their site and my article in the Mom Love section for some giggles and mommy love. Follow Your Zen Mama on social media for updates, advice, and articles about having little humans around.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy!
By Brittany Shannon

Sunday, December 11, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Week 47

Tomorrow begins week 47 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge!
I decided to combine the prompt with a Vlog, for Documenting Brittany (Vlog 20)
Opportunities You Have Been Given.


It's kind of an "artist" thing...this absolute and inherent compulsion to CREATE. On top of that, an artist needs their creation to be seen, heard, appreciated-even in anonymity. That's the whole goal of an artist. To influence. To inspire. To express. To share. To help. It isn't to be "known".

Being a performer is not about being the center of everyone's attention. It's an expressive way to release energy for a grander purpose. Some purposes have pure motives, while others do not. Performers can be introverts or extroverts. What they have in common is the irrepressible urge to take nothing and build something and have it affect someone else with emotion, response, and retention. Wanting my work to be recognied is not the same thing as "wanting to be recognized". I could be nameless...faceless...penniless...but if you LOVE my art, I will sleep well at night.

As many of you know (and for those who don't) I have been trying to model my life after Jesus Christ, making small, daily improvements to bring me closer to Him, and my Father in Heaven. I have tried to dedicate my time and talents to Him, in hopes that my art and my passions and my creativity may reflect Him, and all He stands for.
I haven't always been this way, and at times I may fail. But my joy is in combining my love for the performance arts with my love of God and Christ. I've found that when I pursue the act of entertaining, in all it's forms, if my intentions are good and I am in it to serve, to help others, and to share a meaningful message, then I am happier in general--and the project has a greater impact. Things go well for me in my life when I follow the true and righteous path, versus when I use my talents to express entertainment of "the world".

God blesses me when I use the gifts He gave me in a righteous manner. As I continue to take these steps, becoming part of projects that administer the same message I want to send in my personal life, other opportunities are presented. Not everything has to be "spiritual" but I want it to be of good nature. I want to be part d the community that constructs healthy entertainment, even if it is less popular, less lucrative, less esteemed. To me, it is happiness.
Whatever it may be, whether I'm singing, dancing, basket weaving, or zit popping, may it be an expression of who I am: a growing daughter of a King on high.
I'm grateful for this week, for this prompt, for my talents and the many opportunities I've been given.

Thanks for watching!
By Brittany Shannon

Saturday, December 10, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Week 46

Week 46 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge is: Technology!!

Ugh. What a love/hate relationship!
Haha...
It's like the ex-boyfriend you don't love anymore but you get jealous over whenever you see them with someone else. Or maybe it's not...maybe it's just a big problem because advanced technology can be to blame for some of the greatest and worst epidemics of our generation.

To be grateful for technology, I should mention the things I use it for and how it benefits me. I super love the ability to write and "type". I am grateful for my laptop so that I don't have to hand write all of my books. Also, I get to upload my blog posts to my website! 

I am in LOVE with photography. I'm not a professional by any means, but I just love taking pictures. Like by the thousands. Usually of my kids. I enjoy a selfie now and then, when I'm feeling great. I love talk. Pictures of nature and our adventures. I basically try to capture every moment and make it permanent on film-maybe too much? :-)

I love movies and art and music. I'm grateful for the usage of technology and how it allows me to partake in the performance arts.

I am grateful for cell phones in the even of a disaster. If I get in a car crash, I can call 911! That's something to be grateful for.

And that concludes week 46 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge!
Thanks for reading. 

By Brittany Shannon